KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Oct 28th, 2011
Contact: Dr. Wliiam Ken Rich
Phone: 800-292-1855
Email: info@kyda.org

Report of the Sixth District Trustee

Report of the Sixth District Trustee

 

Your commitment and tireless efforts on behalf of Andy and the campaign were laudable; what a team!  For my part, I must thank you for allowing me to accompany Andy to the other caucuses.  His presentations were nothing short of stellar and we all should be proud of the way he represented our district. This was truly a first-class campaign by a first-class candidate and friend.  Your dedication to our profession and the association are what makes and keeps us the ultimate authority on Oral Health. 

 

In the past three years, we have truly come through some difficult times that have been and are being compounded by a less than favorable economy.  Your dedication and efforts have been essential in guiding us through these troubled times.   Even though there will be obstacles ahead, I feel confident that we have put together the most honest and qualified team possible to guide us through these challenges.  Working together, I have great confidence that we can not only maintain our status and influence in the world, but also improve it. 

 

In the coming year, we will continue to face challenges in the areas of finances and unwanted intrusions on the way we deliver health care.

 

The Affordable Health Care Act will have a lasting effect and forever alter what we do, even if it is not totally implemented or is rescinded.  The changes that will and have been made in the area of regulation will forever alter the way third parties are reimbursing for health care.   CMS is attempting to transition from a payor of health care services to "health care plan". There is a high probability that these changes will become, at the very least, part of the standards adopted by the private payers.  

 

Mid-levels will continue to be a great concern that will consume large amounts of both our humane and monetary resources.    These issues, for the most part, will be played out on a state-by-state basis.  

 

Of a more global concern is the ever evolving issue that seems to drive all the others - how to improve the oral health of our country with inadequate resources. To my knowledge, only PEW and Kellogg are promoting mid-levels; many others are developing risk assessment and disease management approaches to impact oral health.  Some of these show great promise in reducing the disease of the test population.  Widespread use of these concepts will require major systems changes in the way we deliver and are reimbursed for care.  If we have the resolve to move our profession in this direction and retake ownership of the "How does one improve oral health" conversation, not only do we show the world a better way, but we minimize less-palatable and less-effective options.  We have the tools and talent to accomplish this, but we need the vision and commitment. I believe it is our responsibility and opportunity.  

 

Thank you for affording me the opportunity to serve in this position and thank you for your dedication, commitment and effort. Our profession is better because of you.   

 

Ken Rich

Sixth District Trustee

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